No. 3: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
NFL Comparison: Laremy Tunsil, OT, HOU Texans
Last season, the 49ers had more problems with inconsistent play from the interior of the offensive line more than the tackles. Still, San Francisco is not going to take a guard at No. 13.
Six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley is undoubtedly in the twilight of his career at 35 years old. It is probably a good idea to think about a replacement for franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo‘s blindside sooner rather than later.
Insert Andrew Thomas from Georgia.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound left tackle is athletic for his size. Georgia ran a lot of motion and stretch-run plays Kyle Shanahan is known for dialing up, so the fit makes a lot of sense for San Francisco.
Thomas could theoretically move inside to guard for a season or two until the Niners felt he was ready to take on the difficult task of playing left tackle in the NFL.
Bolstering the offensive line is never a sexy decision for a team to make but that doesn’t mean it isn’t the smartest move.
Thomas would help to improve the overall depth of the offensive line as well as give the 49ers a future stud at left tackle.